Monthly Journal: January 2019

A lot of months go by and I think “Where the heck did all the time go!? Did I accomplish anything!?” Not January. Which is probably common and the real challenge is making the momentum last through the rest of the year. This month we made so many awesome changes that feel sustainable, (I might regret publishing that sentence in a few months) made so much progress setting and working towards goals and took a vacation. I’m so excited to document this month if only to motivate myself later this year!



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Go through everything we own” was an actual line item on my to-do list (and it was typed on my goals for Jan. in my Dec. recap post so it was legit.) and it actually happen thanks to 1. having done it already, before we moved 2. living in less than 800 sq. ft. and 3. Allie Cazzasa.

I saw an ad on Instagram for her 30 day challenge - and that should be enough right there… I saw the ad. I stopped scrolling. I screenshot the ad for the marketing inspiration because it made me see it and then signed up for her newsletter for more inspiration… and then totally bought in! I did the challenge and it was amazing (I didn’t think we’d have that much to get rid of… and then took a car load to Goodwill) but I also binged her podcast and fell in love with her and everything she shares. She’s open and honest and real about motherhood. She believes that we are called to abundant life and that goes for mamas in the madness of raising a kid (or 6) too. I am on board with that! Clearly she made an impact because she gets an entire section in this post. Go stalk her at

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We got a couple more days with Chris before he went back to work after the holiday break which was the best. On January 1st we tried out a new tradition idea – ice skating. Great in theory but poor Chris basically held June up the entire time as she wobbled around like a newborn deer. He took the entire load because let’s be honest, I was just as wobbly as June. Maybe we’ll try again next year!? Ha!

The tried and true park date was much more successful.


Routine Tweaks

The break gave me the mental space to think about things we could improve at home in the way that I’m constantly thinking about better ways to do things for work. Ideas sudden came to me for a few things I had just written off as problems that would just have to solve themselves eventually!

One example:
For as long as I can remember, June had “not been hungry” at meal times - especially dinner - and then starving at bedtime. I thought we tried everything, but then we tried what now seems so obvious - having a set dinner time. Dinner now starts at 6 and ends at 7! June takes her plate to the kitchen and that seems to help her understand that the time for eating is ovaaaaaa. There have been significantly fewer crying sessions at bedtime. Praise!!

I also finally have a morning routine that I’ve stuck to and look forward to so much that I actually want get out of bed before 6am for it. Praise again.

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June started schooooool!
Yup, feeling the feelings all over again just typing that. It’s not even real school! It’s only three hours a week. Like total. But it has been so awesome for her to be around other kids and start to get used to the idea. And I get three extra hours of work time a week! So good. So good.

We also applied to an actual preschool that would be every weekday for 4 hours and we’re crossing our fingers and toes that we get in for Fall or earlier!!

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For the past few months I’ve been mentioning a collaborative project I’ve been spending a lot of time working on for The Business Bar and now I have something to show you! We’re working on semi-custom brand identity and website mixes for people wanting to start a new venture and have a vision, but need something to get them started so they can launch with a strong brand! If you’re interested, you can sign up to be a Taste Tester and be the first to check out the new products!

This offering, created with my girl Sarah, will be in our Test Kitchen - where we test out new ideas that we think our people need and if we’re right we’ll make them part of the business for the long term!

My goal was to get my website refreshed to share the new offering and get the site back up before our vacation and, after stripping it down to the essentials, (there are sooo many things left on my list, as always) I got it done! The night before we left, naturally.

Cha-cha-check it out!


Denver vacay

At the end of January, Chris and I went on a vacation that we planned just a few weeks before! His bosses told him to take some time off because he’s been working so hard. (What!? Amazing. Especially after a lot of non-awesome work situations.) We talked through our list of cities that we’d like to visit and landed on a place we could find adventure but also plenty of rest – Denver.

June got to go to camp grandparents and had the time of her life. She was not excited to go back home... ha!

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We woke up at 3:30am to catch our flight.

We both had uh… moments that we blamed on the lack of sleep. The worst being me leaving my phone on the train. Thankfully we were able to get it back!

Our first afternoon was spent napping. 3.5 glorious hours. That is a parents’ luxury vacation!

On our second day we explored Red Rocks and got our first taste of how much the altitude would effect us.

It was beautiful and the affects were real.

We expected snow on our third day but we woke up to snoooow! It was exactly as everyone described to us – fluffy and light and just really amazing.

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We rented a Jeep and drove to Breckenridge to go skiing/snowboarding! We took a while to get there and only got in a couple of hours but it was totally worth it and probably for the best… I was exhausted and cold and out of breath the whole time. Ha! I legit thought I might get sick on the way home but felt completely fine by the time we got back to Denver. The altitude sickness is no joke!

Ps. If you happen to be going to Breck and need ski rentals: We rented our gear at Blue River Sports. They were super kind, had the best prices, and worked quickly so we could get as much mountain time as possible. Highly rec!

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♪ On our forth day in Denver ♫ …we got bro tats! We haven’t taken good pictures yet so sorry for the teaser.


Our last day was spent wondering around the city. Our flight was late that night which made for a weird but wonderful day. We had already done everything on our list and explored the neighborhoods we wanted to so we just took our time and enjoyed the last bit of vacay before heading back home.

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His + hers.

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Getting back into a groove after time away is always really hard for me. This time was a little bit better because we scheduled things to get out of the house and be with other humans. Ha! Duh, right?

I think this is an example of my enneagram 9-ness coming out. I have a strong 1 wing which I think makes me a little obsessed with productivity, but I can swing to the other extreme and take a long time to become motivated and fully “awake” again after a time of slowing down. Learning this about myself really helped me be more aware of what was happening and why so I could actively make decisions to change it!


I missed my little bug a lot. She did an incredible job getting back into our routine at home… and didn’t tell me I was boring compared to Grandma which I would not have blamed her for. Haha!

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  • Keep our new routines going; document them and share them here; but don’t get all JB/perfectionistic about them.

  • Speaking of sharing here, share more here is a big goal. I have a giant list of things I want to write about.

  • Get back to a healthy place with food. For the first time since doing Whole30 in October, I’m feeling out of control with cravings (specifically sugar) and I’m not into it, man.

  • Finish all products in the Test Kitchen and get feedback from a few people before opening the digital doors!

  • Enjoy time at home with my people before the madness of March arrives. I’m traveling almost all month!

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Cheers to newness and making things happen and rest.

– JB